Page 24 Réserve Hildegarde - Brasserie Saint-Germain
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
2.63/5 rDev -32%
A: nice, light brown color, clear
S: mild nose, a bit of earthiness and grain but very slight
T: decent but lacks character - balanced but a bit on the sweeter side, slight hop finish, average beer
M: average mouthfeel but sweet-side is distracting
D: OK for new people to beer scene
04-15-2010 22:40:27 | More by wisrarebeer
3.35/5 rDev -13.4%
Poured into my Duvel tulip from a flip top 750.
No head on aggressive pour, amber body, light lacing and some visible carbonation bubbles present. Nose is heaven, sweet green apples, almost like a sour cider. Taste is disappointing, low fizz on the tongue, almost carbonated water flavor, lightly sweet. I'm wondering if the flip top leaked some, the aroma was by far its strong point, but it might have oxidized some. I'd try this one again.
07-13-2009 17:38:38 | More by ballewblake
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
Presentation: 750 ml swing top bottle, nice label, best by date marked, and it looks like I'm just a few days late on this one. Heck w/it, I'm thrilled to have tracked this down after so long. A beer named after Hildegard of Bingen? Bring it on! Poured into my Westvleteren chalice.
Appearance: Slightly hazy dark straw gold-beer. Lots of tiny, Champagne-like carbonation. A nice creamy ivory cap shows nice retention. Overall, quite an attractive beer.
Smell: Lots of slightly sour and tart fruit and mild earthy funk. A few swirls brings out just a ghost of warm, lightly-toasted malts. I'm trying my best to pick out individual fruit aromas here, but I'm having a hard time: the best I can do is something like pineapple creme and a hint of citrus (lemon, I think). A hint of tart funk that makes me wonder if there's some wild yeast in here.
Taste: Lots more grainy, toasted malt than I was expecting from the aroma, and a lot less fruit. Some grassy hops here as well. The flavor's pretty muted (maybe from the age) but they still provide a firm and snappy medium bitterness. This is pretty tasty, but doesn't live up to the awesome aromas. I'd really like a bit more fruit here (all I'm getting is a tiny hint of citrus), and maybe some of the tart funkiness present in the aromas. Other than that, pretty tasty overall.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and medium-high carbonation
Drinkability: A 750 at 6.9% is doable, but I really think this bottle would be better split between two people and paired with food. I'm thinking some kind of rustic fare, maybe carbonnade flamande and roasted fingerlings with thyme or sage butter?
Conclusion: Glad I finally got to try this beer! I haven't had very many Biere de Gardes at this point; I really didn't like Domaine du Page. Jenlain Noel was ok, even if it was really weird. I loved Schlafly's offering because it had wonderful toasted notes with lots of fruity/funky/earthy flavors and aromas as well. Hildegarde is tasty, but I'd like a little more of the latter to balance out the big toasty notes. Rich and full enough to accompany rustic food, this would be one to pair in my opinion.
09-11-2010 02:38:28 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
On the nose alot of fruitynes from the yeast, as well as an big yeast component
It`s very style correct if you will, with a rich taste and a firm bitternes.
Not bad, not good, just on the avarage side.
But life is to short to drink avarage beer....
09-09-2010 09:18:04 | More by jikvig
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
a biere de garde that has that distinct woody dryness. golden almost clear pour with a head that maintains life but doesn't have a viberant note at all. like a belgian blonde with accent. nose is sour hints of apple and lemon grass and a palate of sweet brown sugar belgian malt liquor. a brisk finish with this quality with a carbonation that heats things up a bit. lager quality with a maibock sort of subtlety.
05-11-2011 01:46:15 | More by rtepiak
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
Sorry but this comment is in french :
Appearance : bière blonde, dorée, limpide avec un léger trouble
Smell : céréales, levures, épices
Taste & Mouthfell : attaque mouelleuse, vire relevé par une belle amertume. Structure puissante et élégante à la fois, tapissant bien le palais, notes maltées. Finale suave, presque doucereuse, étonnante persistance en bouche après la dernière gorgée
Drinkability : une bonne bière de garde
10-20-2007 19:39:35 | More by thierrynantes
3.79/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours honey gold with a decent head that has some retention. Nice clingy lace.
Some honey aromas and some sweet stone fruit, apricot.
A little muddled, with yeasty malt, some overripe fruit, booze, husk bitterness. Not very transitional, but more like all flavors at once.
Medium boy, nice carbonation.
Just ok. A little disjointed and comes off as mushy fruit with some booze.
12-08-2013 06:23:48 | More by OtherShoe2
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a cloudy pink and brown tinged amber with two fingers thick creamy white head that settles to a thin ring; slowly, with delicate rings of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: toasted bread, caramel, butter note, fruity (cooked apple, pear), mild earthiness. Taste: caramel apple, toasted grain, twangy, honey, earthy hopping. Medium bodied, finish is drying, earthy, with overripe nectarine note and mild clean bitterness. Nice.
07-20-2014 04:14:19 | More by babaracas
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured into an oversized wine glass a dull slightly hazed lighter golden with just a hint of orange in the body,a thin white head atop.Funk stood out in the nose wich was a little unexpected,some citric aromas as well as a tinge of iron.Some good acidity on the palate wich is matched a somewhat sweet vanilla tinge,the funk is almost non present,a little grainy in the finish.The flavors have some complexity wich saves this beer,I am guessing it's food friendly as long as it's food on the lighter side.Iam starting to get into the French biere de garde style,I like the less funked out versions wich this is on the borderline.
10-09-2012 21:19:00 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
On-tap at Deep Ellum for the Pre-Festival Throwdown Party featuring numerous rare European beers. Served in a tulip glass.
A- Slightly brownish golden blonde with about a finger of head that has good retention. A fair amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom in a tubular circular formation. Decent amount of lacing.
S- Lightly citrus hops, a little bit of bready malt, a little bit of honey, some faint yeasty smells apparent, with some barnyard funk in the background- hay, grass, etc.. About average to a little above average aroma strength.
T- Dry hops with a light citrus taste (orange, mango papaya), some light spices, a little bit of honey, and a little bit grassy. An interesting taste that grew on me the more I drank it.
M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, easily drinkable, finishes a little bit dry.
O- This was an interesting beer that I'm glad I had the chance to try. At $9/12 ounce serving, I'm not sure if I'd order it again (probably won't have the chance anyways), but it was definitely worth the try. I recommend giving it a try, you may or may not like it.
06-22-2012 00:52:24 | More by jaasen64
4/5 rDev +3.4%
11.2 oz. bottle, nice to see another biere de garde around,
A: Pours a deep goldenrod with a medium white head, good lace.
S: Citrus, yeast, bready malt.
T: Has a real yeasty flavour, citrus/tangerine, white pepper, with some rosemary and herb character.
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, crisp carbonaton, easy drinking.
O: A very solid biere de garde. Didn't know what to expect, but I'm always excited by a new version of this style, especially from France, well done.
04-08-2012 07:11:09 | More by Halcyondays
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
A: Blonde with a white head, good retention, great lace.
S: Hints of earth & barnyard funk up front, candied pineapple, dried mango and papaya
T: Papaya, mango, candied pineapple, wheaty biscuit, grassy, hints of earth and maybe a little Brett, good bitterness, alcohol is well hidden.
M: This all-malt brew isn't as dry as I expected, very smooth, almost creamy with a good carbonation (the cap popped like champagne and the bottle gushed).
D/O: An all around good brew, but definitely pricy at over $10 at BC Liquor.
04-11-2012 01:36:56 | More by Derek
Page 24 Réserve Hildegarde from Brasserie Saint-Germain
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